There’s one voice in the darkness, a single singer solemnly
making declarations about music and the court of song. Other
voices come in, and then the same singer is there in five
places around me, harmonizing. And he does seem there, song
Hallelujah is the latest video from Within, an acapella rendition of Leonard
Cohen’s famed tune. It is a sacredly soft version, only
performed by one man, Bobby Halvorson. But in contrast, it is
boldly presented, as the video is a partnership with Lytro, and uses their lightfield
camera for VR to capture the singer and the church he later
“To get to really great VR, you need a whole new set of tools
and technology to make the content,” said Jason Rosenthal, the
CEO of Lytro. “Hallelujah is the first example of what things
might be able to look like when you’re doing true volumetric
The promise of Lytro’s camera is to not flatly capture the
image of a place, but all of the spatial qualities a place.
What does that mean? Well, unlike most of the live-action VR
videos at Tribeca this year, it isn’t just 360-degree video.
Nor is it simple 3D. It is a volume with a full six-degrees of
freedom, more like the animated VR shorts, but not generated by
artists at a computer. It is our live-action world recorded as
data and then all that data processed into a volume….